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Summary: To show that only dwelling in JESUS can make your fruit last and you will bear much fruit.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you dwell in JESUS?

Yes, specially when I'm alone, I pray in tongues.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that only dwelling in JESUS can make your fruit last and you will bear much fruit.

IV. TEXT:

John 15:4-5 (Amplified Bible)

15:4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.

15:5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

John 15:4-5 (King James Version)

15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You dwell in me, and I dwell in You by praying in tongues more often and my fruit are taken care of by the Vine in me not my own strength.

Zechariah 4:6 (Amplified Bible)

4:6 Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts.

VI. TITLE:

Dwell in JESUS the Vine

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: John the Apostle, son of Zebedee and Salome, and younger brother of James.

—Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary

B. Date and Setting:

Written between a.d. 85–90 from Ephesus, after the destruction of Jerusalem (a.d. 70) and before John’s exile to the island of Patmos

—Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary

C. Audience:

New Christians and searching non-Christians.

—Life Application Concise New Testament Commentary

D. Purpose:

John 20:31 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Dwell in JESUS as branches to bear much fruit

"15:4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me."

Abide or "meno" in Greek which means:

1. to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy)

2. abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (to lodge)

How to abide?

1. praying in tongues, practicing your faith (focus on JESUS)

Ephesians 6:18 (Amplified Bible)

6:18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

Jude 1:20 (Amplified Bible)

1:20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;

This is the practice of Apostle Paul. The moments he steps out of the pulpit, he prays in tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:18 (Amplified Bible)

14:18 I thank God that I speak in [strange] tongues (languages) more than any of you or all of you put together;

2. practice your faith in the LORD - pray, tithes/offering, worship services attendances

Hebrews 12:2 (Amplified Bible)

12:2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Colossians 1:23 (Amplified Bible)

1:23 [And this He will do] provided that you continue to stay with and in the faith [in Christ], well-grounded and settled and steadfast, not shifting or moving away from the hope [which rests on and is inspired by] the glad tidings (the Gospel), which you heard and which has been preached [as being designed for and offered without restrictions] to every person under heaven, and of which [Gospel] I, Paul, became a minister.

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